A spine doctor usually performs the following tests:
Follow these habits to prevent back pain
Ask these questions when consulting your spine doctor online or in-office:
A survey conducted by AAPM&R suggests that about one in two people believe that back pain requires surgical treatment. But according to spinal experts, just 5% of back pain cases will be effectively helped by surgery. Hence, experts always exhaust all non-surgical options for back pain treatment before recommending surgery.
You should reach out to a spine specialist when:
Chronic Low Back Pain is when you have persistent or fluctuating pain in your lower back for longer than three months.
Vertebral Disk Problems: Herniated or ruptured discs, disc degeneration
Abnormal Curvature of the spine: Scoliosis or kyphosis.
Medical problems: Fibromyalgia (musculoskeletal
pain) or rheumatoid arthritis (joint pain)
Fitness level: Inactive people with weak back and abdominal muscles may not properly support the
Job-related factors: Jobs requiring heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling, working at a desk
Weight Gain: being overweight or obese puts stress on the back
Diagnosis of CLBP is based on history, symptoms, physical examination and results of diagnostic studies.
When simple treatments are ineffective, your doctor may order imaging studies of the lower back, which may include
CLBP is treated by identifying the cause with a stepped care approach, moving from simple low-cost treatments to more aggressive approaches.
Hot or cold packs application
Resuming normal activities to ease pain (bed rest not recommended)
Exercises to strengthen core and back muscles
Manual therapy by Chiropractors, Osteopaths or Physiotherapists
Surgery for back pain (recommended if there’s a specific medical reason and when other treatments have not helped
The Kneeling Stretch
Kneel on the floor, legs spread
The Knee-to-chest Stretch
The Back Extension
Always check first with your doctor before starting an exercise program and get a list of helpful exercises.